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India - Israel Education Cooperation
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India-Israel Academic Relations


As two knowledge-based economies, India and Israel have natural synergies in the field of education. While India offers its large and skilled student pool, Israel offers world-class research facilities coupled with excellent technology transfer capabilities. A strong academic collaboration programme will be the basis for a bilateral relationship based on science, research and innovation and is thus a priority. Efforts to promote academic exchanges can be broadly categorized into (i) promoting academic linkages through joint research programmes, scholarships, student recruitment or faculty/student exchange programmes and (ii) promoting India studies as a discipline at various universities in Israel. Currently, there are around 550 Indian students studying in Israel across different Israeli Universities and institutes.A majority of these students are pursuing post-doctoral and doctoral studies.

India Studies in Israel

There is considerable interest among Israeli universities in India studies. India studies are offered in Tel Aviv University, Hebrew University and Haifa University. Most of these courses are focused on ancient India and its various aspects like religion, philosophy etc.These courses are mostly taught by Israeli Indologists. In addition to these three Universities, Ben Gurion University deals with contemporary Indian politics and economy as part of its curricula in its department of Politics and Government, while Tel Aviv University's Recanati Business School offers its management students exposure to Indian business and economy. 

An ICCR chair on India studies was established in the Tel Aviv University in 2008. So far, four Indian professors have occupied the chair. In 2014-15, Dr. Mahesh Sharma taught a course on Himalayan studies. The theme: "Urban Studies" has been selected as the topic for the next chair.

The Embassy introduced the Bharat Darshan scholarships for the promotion of Hindi studies with the support of the Indian diamond traders community in Israel in 2014. Under the scheme, 5-6 outstanding students in Hindi are given travel grants to travel to India for a study tour. A total of 12 students from the Tel Aviv University have benefited from the scholarships so far.


Academic Linkages

Joint R&D fund: UGC and Israel Science Foundation set up an India-Israel Joint academic research programme to fund joint academic research project in 2013. Both sides would contribute an amount of USD 12.5 million each over a period of four years (2013-17) towards the fund. The fund envisages supporting joint research projects between Indian and Israeli researchers. It could provide up to US$ 180,000 for a theoretical project and up to US$ 300,000 for an experimental project across various fields in addition to providing support to bilateral workshops. The first cycle funded 21 projects in the field of exact sciences and humanities. Topics chosen for the upcoming cycles as follows:

2014/15- Life Sciences and Medical Sciences.
2015/16- Humanities and Social Sciences, Plant Sciences and Zoology.
2016/17- Environmental Sciences and Earth Sciences.


Fellowships: The Israeli Council of Higher Education has been offering annual post-doctoral fellowships to about 100 students from India and China since 2012.Under the scheme, each student is awarded an annual scholarship of NIS 100,000 (about $ 29,000) to pursue research in one of the eight research institutes in Israel. Since the introduction of the scheme in 2012, 235 out of the total of 300 scholarships have been availed by Indian scholars. In addition, the Israeli government offers 250 summer scholarships for short term courses for undergraduate students from India and China since 2013. Around 30-40 Indian students avail this scheme annually. Six Indian students in Tel Aviv University and four in Technion are pursuing Engineering courses under different scholarship schemes at undergraduate level. The Israeli government also offers seven scholarships to Indian students every year at graduate level: five general scholarships and two for Hebrew language study. The Indian government offers seven ICCR scholarships annually to Israeli students at undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels to pursue studies (excluding medicine and fashion) at reputed government higher education institutes in India.
 

Israeli universities are keen to collaborate with Indian institutes and Universities. Collaborations include those between Ben Gurion University and Gujarat Institute of Desert Ecology, between Technion and IITs and IISc, and Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science with Thapar Institute of Technology and TIFR respectively. The Embassy is pursuing collaborations between IIT Kharagpur and Israeli Universities. A delegation from the IIT visited Israel in March and they are working out various models of cooperation with different Universities in Israel. The Marine department of the Haifa University and National Institute of Oceanography, Goa are finalizing a MOU between the two institutes.

For specific details on education, please write to Eldos Mathew Punnoose, Second Secretary on his email id: eldos.punnoose10@mea.gov.in


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